Trust Your Gut


(BPT) – We’re often told when we can’t make a decision, we should trust our gut. And there’s a healthy reason to do so.

Gut health is about more than just healthy digestion. It’s linked to your immunity and overall well-being.

That’s because below your belt lies a sophisticated system of organs powered by a community of beneficial bacteria called the microbiome. Your stomach, pancreas and liver, driven by the mighty microbiome, aids in digestion as it breaks down food, absorbs nutrients and extracts energy that fuels us every day.

Maintaining the right balance of microbes in your gut not only helps digestion, it can be a powerful ally in keeping those New Year wellness resolutions.

Support a healthy gut with these simple tips.

  1. Keep moving

Regular exercise can stimulate your digestive, metabolic and immune systems, arming your body with the protection it needs to fight off bad bacteria.

  1. Fiber up

Add dietary fiber, complex carbs, and plant proteins to your diet by increasing your intake of whole fruits, vegetables, and grains like oatmeal. These foods deliver nutrients that work naturally with your body to keep your digestive system in balance.

  1. Pack a probiotic

Probiotics are composed of helpful bacteria to help support immunity and healthy digestion. We usually think of bacteria as something that can cause disease, but probiotics are the good bacteria that can be very effective in keeping your gut healthy.

Nutrilite™ Balance Within™ Probiotic is a once-a-day foundational supplement. It fills the nutritional gaps in your diet with probiotics you need to support gut health on-the-go.

“With convenient packaging, designed to be quickly sprinkled on the tongue, on cold food or in a cold beverage, this probiotic helps your body maintain a balance of good bacteria in the gut while promoting immunity and aiding your body’s natural defenses,” said Kristin Morris, a senior research scientist with Nutrilite, the world’s #1 selling vitamin, supplement and minerals brand.

  1. Do a gut check

How can you be sure your probiotics product is delivering the benefits you need? According to Morris, what matters most is knowing what strains are included in the product and that there’s clinical support for those digestive and immune benefits.

“It’s less about the actual quantity of probiotics than having the right level of probiotics,” she said. “Nutrilite Balance Within Probiotic was designed with the right balance of the right strains at the right levels for digestion and immune health.”

Nutrilite Balance Within Probiotic goes through an extensive traceability process to ensure the product’s safety, purity and effectiveness. Check out Nutrilite’s traceability website to see how the full process works.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant Lands in Dania Beach


“We are thrilled to be a part of the brand new Dania Pointe,” said Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants CEO and Founder, Tim McEnery. “We believe that food and wine bring people together and build lasting connections. We are looking forward to being a pillar of the Dania Beach community.”

Cooper’s Hawk is taking over South Florida with another location, this time at the Dania Point complex in Dania Beach. The concept blends restaurant, Napa-style tasting room, and artisanal retail market to create a unique dining experience. 

“We are thrilled to be a part of the brand new Dania Pointe,” said Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants CEO and Founder, Tim McEnery. “We believe that food and wine bring people together and build lasting connections. We are looking forward to being a pillar of the Dania Beach community.”

To pop things off, Tim McEnery led the signature uncorking ceremony by popping the cork of the brand’s Blanc de Blanc to bring good luck. There was also a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Dania Beach Mayor Lori Lewellen, Dania Beach Chamber of Commerce President Pat Chukerman, and other notables. 

Inspired by the belief that food and wine hold the power to forge lasting connections, the upscale casual American menu features flatbreads, handcrafted risotto options, create your own surf and turf, burgers and sandwiches, salads, and desserts that are made daily in-house. Each dish on the menu is listed with a bin number, guiding guests to their selection’s perfect wine pairing.

The Dania Pointe location opened to the public on January 27th and is the 11th Cooper’s Hawk to open in Florida. Other South Florida locations include Pembroke Pines, Doral, Coconut Creek, and Palm Beach Gardens, bringing the total count to 42 across the country for the award-winning restaurant chain. 

Located off Interstate 95 north of Stirling Road, the large mixed-use development that will also feature a hotel, apartments, a bowling alley, and businesses such as Brandsmart, Ulta Cosmetics, and Starbucks. 

Ritz Carlton South Beach Reopens


$90 Million and Over 2 Years Later – The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is Finally Open

Located in the Art Deco Historic District on the intersection of Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road, no part of the iconic hotel was left untouched. 

“Today, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach – a treasure in the brand’s portfolio and in Miami – returns better than ever with a distinctive design transformation that melds modern touches with the building’s beloved Art Deco design,” said Sase Gjorsovski, General Manager of the resort. 

After careful consideration of Miami’s rich culture, award-winning interior architect Cristian Rubio breathed new life into the 376 guestrooms and suites. Through exquisitely designed furnishings and custom millwork, a distinctive and vibrant ambiance was created for guests. 

 “A relatively new city, Miami’s unique culture has been translated into the hotel with both depth of design and whimsical details that allow guests a feeling of being in the city without having to leave their rooms,” said Cristian Rubio.

Renovations at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach include the all-new ‘20s and ‘30s-inspired Lapidus Bar offering vintage cocktails and live music and the oceanfront DiLido Beach Club serving Greek, French, and Spanish cuisine. There was also a refresh to The Ritz-Carlton Spa, and updates to their 10,000-square-foot ballroom, along with an additional 11 separate meeting and event spaces. 

The most exciting part of the facelift is the new hotel restaurant, Fuego y Mar, a Latin American and Caribbean culinary experience that is sure to tantalize even the most discerning palates. French-born Executive Chef Anthony LePape was previously with the hotel before the remodel at the former Bistro One LR. He rejoins at the helm of the new main restaurant, along with 30% of the former staff that the hotel had to lay off in 2017 due to Hurricane Irma. 

With all the changes brought by the floor-to-ceiling remodel of the property, the new lobby pays homage to the original design. Infused with modern touches to bring The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach into 2020, the nostalgia of the vibrant hotel we loved is still there.